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EXPORT ADVISORY: Onshore inspections to take place on UK, North America and China exports as Australia enters BMSB season

UK, America and China amongst countries of origin for random onshore inspections on exports to Australia as part of measures combatting the risks of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB)

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) have finalised their measures for the 2022/23 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season, which will be enforced on goods shipped from 1st September 2022 (this is the shipped onboard date marked on the Ocean Bill of Lading) that arrive in Australia on or by 20th April 2023.

The measures will apply to certain goods that are either manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries in addition to vessels that berth, load or tranship from those countries marked as a target risk.

China and the UK have been marked as the only emerging risk countries for the 2022/23 season, whilst Canada and the USA remain on the list of target risk countries, with goods travelling from these regions eligible for random onshore inspection.

Random inspections will apply to all goods shipped:

  • from China: 1st September - 31st December
  • from Canada and USA: 1st September - 20th April
  • from the UK: 1st December - 20th April

During the BMSB season, all goods marked as target high risk will be require mandatory treatment whereas goods labelled target risk may be subject to random onshore inspection.

 Classification of goods:

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target risk goods and are only subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. Mandatory treatment is not required.

  • 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV and V
  • 29 - Organic chemicals - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII and XIII
  • 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 39 - Plastics and articles thereof - – including sub chapters I and II
  • 40 - Rubber and articles thereof
  • 48 - Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • 49 - Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • 56 - Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof

For all other goods that are not categorised as target high risk and target risk goods, BMSB seasonal measures do not apply. However, if they are part of a container or consignment that contains target high risk or target risk goods, they will be subject to the measures.

Source: Australian Government DAFF

Goods that fall within the following tariff classifications have been categorised as target high risk goods and will require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

  • 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 45 - Cork and articles of cork
  • 57 - Carpets and other textile floor coverings
  • 68 - Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • 69 - Ceramic products – including sub chapters I and II
  • 70 – Glass and glass ware
  • 72 - Iron and steel - including sub chapters I, II, III, IV
  • 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 75 - Nickel and articles thereof
  • 76 - Aluminium and articles thereof
  • 78 - Lead and articles thereof
  • 79 - Zinc and articles thereof
  • 80 - Tin and articles thereof
  • 81 - Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • 82 - Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • 83 - Miscellaneous articles of base metals
  • 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 86 - Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
  • 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 89 - Ships, boats and floating structures

Source: Australian Government DAFF

Other new measures include:

  • 120 hours policy been amended for goods that have been rolled (with evidence)
  • Inspect (unpack) Inspections instead of Secure Seals intact inspections at Approved Arrangements
  • Chapters 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries

If you have any questions on exports to Australia during BMSB season, please contact us here.

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